Sunday, June 12, 2011

How to paint a dresser ..Laundry Room Style!

I promised you guys I would show you what I was going to do with the space under the cabinets in my laundry room.
I’m going to show you, but don’t think I’m crazy OK? …don’t go screaming out of the room when I tell you about it….  Promise?
Winking smile

Here we go!  Well first of all, I prayed and asked God to help me find a very narrow and long dresser for my laundry room to fold clothes on, so when I went into Goodwill and saw this one for $15.00 I thought God had answered my prayer…until I looked at it closer.  It was gross…I mean, it needed a TON of work and it even had a few mouse poopies in one of the drawers. ACK!  I remember thinking..…”God you have a good sense of humor” and I left the store.   I went all the way home and decided God was giving me the dresser I asked for, I was just being lazy and didn’t want to work on it….I went back and brought home my $15.00 mess!  (then I scrubbed and bleached all the drawers pronto!…then I scrubbed them one more time and lined them with shelf liner..I don’t like mice “leftovers”…..can you tell!) LOL

Here it is in all it’s disastrous state…um, I mean glory!

Goodwill dresser...$15.00 BEFORE pic

goodwill $15.00 dresser BEFORE pic

See what I mean about it being a mess…just look at that yucky top! (but I actually came up with a great idea for this disaster!)

How to paint furniture

I took off all the hardware from the drawers and painted them black.  I know….it sounds crazy, but stay with me here!

How to paint furniture

I started sanding everything down…..

how to paint furniture

I used my little palm sander and gave it all a good once over.

how to paint furniture

I liked this little detail,(below) it looks like beadboard. (it also looks like the little detail inside the cabinet doors on the cabinets I already installed in the laundry room)

how to paint furniture

I primed all the pieces with Kilz 2 primer…here’s the top with one coat.  It took a LOT of priming!

how to paint furniture

I gave everything two or three coats of Olympic Ultra white, semi-gloss paint. (from Lowes)

How to paint furniture

I painted the top with the same paint as the laundry room walls….a pretty pale aqua.  *sigh*…I love that color.

Goodwill dresser

OK…are you ready to see it all finished and in place?!!

How to paint furniture

Look at that, God did know what he was talking about!  I should know by now not to doubt God!  I LOVE it!

Goodwill dresser makeover

WARNING….LOTS of pictures ahead!  (and one more project!)

Oh, look the cabinets have doors now! See the beadboard look in the doors I was talking about…it matches the dresser!

How to paint a dresser

Laundry room makeover

 goodwill dresser re-do


LOVIN’ the black hardware!!

keyhole hardware

dresser hardware

Laundry room makeover

Goodwill $15.00 dresser makeover

How to paint a dresser

OH, you remember how I told you I had plans for the top of the dresser where it was damaged?  Well this is what I did……..

I went to Lowes and purchased a piece of plexi-glass and had them cut it down for me.  I peeled off only ONE side of the plastic sheeting that comes on the plexi glass to keep it from getting scratched. I left one side on and placed it sheeting side down, it shows through as an opaque white.  It totally solved the damaged top problem, is easy to clean and lets the pretty aqua trim show too.   I LOVE it!
Alrighty, I promised you one more project for today, so here it is…..see the little tin on the end of the dresser?  I got it marked down at Michaels for next to nothing because the little metal handle was gone off the top…..but I had other plans!

dresser makeover

First I cut out the words Fabric Softener on my Cricut expression. (I used the cartridge Story book for anyone interested)

how to apply vinyl letters

If you’ve never done vinyl before, it’s super easy. Just cut it out, peel away the extra like this….

how to apply vinyl letters

Then cut out a square of contact paper to place over the top, remove the the paper back from the letter…. place it where you want it to go on your project.

how to apply vinyl letters
Once you have the letters where you want them, you just burnish them onto your project and peel off the contact paper from the top.  There ya have it!

See what I did to make a handle?!

fabric softener container idea

I just threaded some ribbon through the holes where the handle used to be…….


and knotted it underneath….

Fabric softener container

Now I have a cute little box for my fabric softener sheets and it cost me less than 2 bucks!  Oh, I just stuck a scrapbooking flower on there for a touch of pink…you knew I’d have to put pink in this room somewhere…right?!  :o)    Oh…by the way, that picture frame in the background didn’t make the final cut for the room, so it’s not in there anymore! lol

Fabric softener container

how to paint a dresser

$15.00 Goodwill dresser makeover

Stay tuned to my next post where I’ll show you how I took care of that unsightly furnace and what I did to replace that horrible builders grade light fixture!  Oh and a giveaway of an item I used in my laundry room is coming soon too!

Can’t wait!!
Tell me what you think of my dresser re-do!

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Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Well that dresser truly was a blessing from God. You are so creative, it turned out gorgeous and so much storage and surface space too. Love it. The cabinets are fabulous and so is the tin you redid. I am impressed. Hugs, Marty

Marilyn said...

You ALWAYS inspire me with your projects.♥♫

Susan said...

Oh Missy your dresser is so pretty! You did an awesome job! It is perfect for your laundry room!! That little box is just as cute as it can be! Perfect for your dryer sheets!!

Gloria Fox said...

The dresser turned out great! Great idea for the plexiglass. Wish my laundry room looked like that.

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

Missy... your dresser idea is perfect! We all need a lot of space for folding and sorting. AND look at all of those drawers! :)


LOVE how your project turned out, everything about it!

Unknown said...

WOW!!!! you did a fabulous job and God sent you the perfect piece!!! How I wish I could have a laundry room instead of just a hallway to the storage room....but the one I have now is bigger that I had before so I am happy with that! I love what you did to the walls!!!!! That dresser is going to hold a lot and now it can be proud again! :) LOL Sandy

Laurie@The Baking Bookworm said...

That dresser is gorgeous! Great job! My laundry room is green (actually builder's beige) with envy!! I also love using my Silhouette machine for vinyl projects :). Now if I could only convince my husband about board and batton in the laundry room! An on going process. ;)

Melissa's Thoughts said...

Love the dresser redo. Great job and thank you for showing the Fabric vinyl. I got vinyl and couldn't figure out how to make it stick. HA thank you

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Missy, you are one talented lady! Your laundry room looks so gorgeous...and you've done it on budget! The dresser is perfect! XO

imsteelefullofscrap said...

How cute it turned out and your lil tin u made is adorable!!!

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Missy, this is wonderful! You did such an awesome turned out beautifully! Love all the items you placed on top and the Fabric Softener cute and so perfect for that room! What a nice place to fold clothes...something I put off as long as possible. lol

Victoria said...

Well...all I can say is Wooooow Missy! You turned that junky dresser into a gorgeous piece of furniture! And so functional too! Your laundry room is gorgeous!!!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Oh Missy, your dresser transformation looks great! I love it! The whole room looks really did a fabulous job!~Hugs, Patti

Junky Vagabond said...

Beautiful! Love the mix of colors and all the drawers are such a smart idea for a laundry room. Great job - looking forward to seeing the rest!

Jen said...

Oh my goodness, I love it Missy!!!! Wow, wow, wow! You have done a fantastic job, talk about making a silk purse out of a sows ear! I love your make overs!
jen xo

Decorchick! said...

Missy!! Oh MY that is beautiful!! Truly was a blessing. And goodness I need to catch up on my blog reading because your laundry room looks GORGEOUS!!!

Emily @ Merrypad said...

NICE. What an amazing transformation. Love what you did!

The Webb's said...

It's perfect. He definately answered your prayers it looks so good in your room, it was meant to be. Great job.

Kati @ Housewife_Swagger said...

wow! this is incredible!! Great job!!!!

Granny said...

Your laundry room is gorgeous. The dresser is perfect for storage and the little tin box is adorable. Can't wait to see how you disguise that furnace. I know it will be something totally unexpected and wonderful.

Fairfield House said...


This is fantastic! I have an antique dresser upstairs that I was thinking of putting out at our yard sale, but I think now I will re-purpose it into the folding table I keep telling Thomas I need. Can't believe the piece God led you too even had bead board trim work on it! Something you didn't mention about your beautiful new work space is all the extra storage you've just created for the room!

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Not Just Another Jennifer said...

Wow! So cute!

abeachcottage said...

What a great transformation. Love the colour of the dresser and the hardware.

Kelly said...

Is there anything you CAN'T do?? Great job on the looks like it was literally made for that space! The whole makeover is just fantastic.


Decor & Harmony said...

Really great job I like it!! I will have to spruce up my laundry room.

Mama said...

You put my laundry area to shame! Great work! So inspiring!

Sharon~heartsongs said...

That looks great! I love it!

Mary @ Redo 101 said...

That dresser could not be more perfect in that spot! I love the white, I love the black knobs, and I really love the aqua top. Do you mind telling me about the color and brand? I also love the metal box you made into a really cute fabric softener sheet container. Great job!

SueLovesCherries said...

WOW! Amazing what a little elbow grease can do! I'm glad you listened to God's voice - it's perfect! I now have laundry room envy!

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

I love the dresser! Such a great idea for a laundry room. You made it look so easy:)

I'm a new follower!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

You should most definitely be proud of your hard work because it paid off! Looks fabulous Missy!

Jamie @ DIY Home Sweet Home said...

What a beautiful dresser and I love the fabric softener container. I'm a new follower. Hope to see you at

P.S. I have a link party every Monday. I would love for you to stop by and link up your project.

The Alchemist said...

Wow, that's amazing, great job!

Deana said...

Fabulous transformation!! I just started a blog paty "from trash to treasure" and this post would be a great additon. I hope you'll stop by and join in!

Michella Marie said...

I LOVE your dresser!! It's amazing how a few coats of paint can give an old yucky dresser a new life!! Looks like it belongs in a magazine :)) Good job!!
Have a wonderful day!!

Unknown said...

Wow! It turned out so great! Love the white and black combo!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Found your link at Southern Hospitality and I'm following you now. This is incredible! I was just in my Goodwill and there was a beat up dresser that had a price tag of $60.00. I just couldn't bring myself to pay that much...$15.00 sounds much more reasonable! Your laundry room is just beautiful...I'm totally jealous!

Decor & Harmony said...

Wow you make me want to do a load of laundry :) I can never find a deal at GW, great job!

Tammy said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! It looks soooo Nice! I love your laundry room. You were such a good steward of what the Lord gave you:) Good job and thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower Hope you can visit me sometime soon.

millicent said...

LOVE all of this!! I am starting a laundry room redo and searched for ideas--your page is bookmarked now!!

holly said...

Absolutely stunning. I have inspiration now to go buy used stuff and fix it up! <3

Unknown said...

Well, you have truly inspired me to complete the 5 pieces of furniture being stored in my garage to repair and recreate. God was helping you the entire time and now He's going to help me through your inspiration. I love all that you've done and I applaud your diligence and creativity. Bravo to you. So happy that I signed up on your blog. You go girl.

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